Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, will fill a train with dozens of guest artists and play several shows across mainland Britain this September, produced by the Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival. The journey will culminate with a finale concert in brand new outdoor London venue Granary Square on Saturday 8 September featuring musical legends and emerging new artists from Africa and the West including:
Afel Bocoum, Afrikan Boy, Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal, Baloji,
Bashy, Bassekou Kouyate, The Bots, Carl Barât, Charli XCX, Cubain
Kabeya, Damon Albarn, Diabel Cissokho, Fatoumata Diawara, Fode Lassana,
Hatim Bensalha (H-Kayne), Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Jesse
Hackett, Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Jon Paul Jones (Led
Zeppelin), Jupiter & Okwess International, Kano, Kareem Rush
(Arabian Knightz), Krar Collective, M1 (Dead Prez), M3NSA, M.anifest,
Marques Toliver, Mehdi Haddab, Mim Suleiman, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah
Yeahs), Nicolas Jaar, Nneka, Noisettes, Pauli (the PSM), Remi Kabaka,
Richard Russell (XL), Richy Pitch, Rokia Traoré, Romeo Stodart (Magic
Numbers), Roses Gabor, Rye Rye, Spoek Mathambo, Seye, The Temper Trap, Terri
Walker, Thandiswa, Toumani Diabaté, The Very Best (Soundsystem).
Africa Express began in 2006 with a trip to Mali, when co-founder Damon Albarn took the likes of Fatboy Slim, Martha Wainwright and Jamie T to work with African legends such as Toumani Diabate, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and Bassekou Kouyate. This was followed by a trial London event, then the now-legendary Glastonbury 2007 show, trips to Nigeria, the Congo, Ethiopia, the BBC Electric Proms, Paris town centre and a Spanish beach show for 50,000 people.
'That was, without a doubt, the craziest show I have ever played in my life' Flea, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, after playing with Africa Express at The Shrine, Lagos
This event will take place at Granary Square Doors open at 4pm Event starts at 6pm